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Development of a Portable Device to Measure Skin Properties
Persons with diabetes may develop a mild to sever forms of nervous system damage, which may lead to sores. As a step towards prevention, an understanding of the skin properties of both diabetic and non-diabetic patients must be gained. For this reason, a portable device to measure the material properties of plantar tissue was designed and built. The design was a modification to an earlier design, with three important functions: to determine the physical characteristics of the planter tissue, to be user friendly and accurate, and to meet FDA specifications for human and machine interaction. Sponsored by Hartford Hospital.

CPR Force Alarm Device

A prototype device was built and evaluated to determine if CPR pressure applications are in the correct range for supplying blood flow without damaging the ribs. Sponsored by University of Connecticut Health Center's Biomechanics Laboratory in the Department of Orthopedics

Reinforcement of Dental Materials

A new composite material for use in the construction of dental bridges was evaluated. Work including building composites of various compositions and testing them for strength in three point bending. These materials will be sued to replace metal devices used to form bridges across a gap formed when a single tooth must be removed. Sponsored by University of Connecticut Health Center's Prostodontic Materials Laboratory.

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